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post #1 of 8 Old 08-03-2018, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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hey guys, just got my hands on a 2013 model in Melbourne Australia. back on two wheels after spending too many years worrying about work. a dose of lymphoma a couple of years ago gave my perspective on life, the necessary kick in the ass it needed.
anyway, just found the forum and it looks like a huge source of info, as after having bike for about 3 weeks I think i'm having a clutch issue, I think. I'll have a look through the other sections
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-04-2018, 05:40 PM
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Give us a description of your clutch problem and we may be able to help.

In my experience the KLR clutch is mostly bullet proof. I have put 100k miles on one and 60k miles on the other with no clutch problems.

Do make sure the shift lever is clamped good and snuggle on the shifter shaft. But don't tighten it enough to break the clamp bolt. it's hard to remove a broken bolt in there.
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post #3 of 8 Old 08-04-2018, 06:24 PM
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Check at the Clutch Actuator, too (don't remember what to check for, but remember it can be incorrectly seated???)... apparently that thing can be goofy as far as 'Clutch Action' at the Lever on a KLR (Gen 1 or 2 I don't know either).

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thanks guys, yeah I put something up in the 2008+ wrenching section and have had a few replies. I am off too check the clutch and side stand safety switches as per the recommendations.
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Yandrew, 4mm cable slack with handlebars straight ahead? Usually equals '0' mm full left steering lock & 6 mm at full Right steering lock.

Squeeze an HOLD the clutch lever, then 'blip' the throttle 3 times and then allow engine to return to 1200 rpm idle before gently slipping the transmission into gear the First Time in the Morning. Very common of the KLR wet clutch to stall the motor on first shift if done otherwise. Is this your issue?

I haven't read your other posting, I'll find it!

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post #6 of 8 Old 08-04-2018, 09:36 PM
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Yandrew, 4mm cable slack with handlebars straight ahead? Usually equals '0' mm full left steering lock & 6 mm at full Right steering lock.

Squeeze an HOLD the clutch lever, then 'blip' the throttle 3 times and then allow engine to return to 1200 rpm idle before gently slipping the transmission into gear the First Time in the Morning. Very common of the KLR wet clutch to stall the motor on first shift if done otherwise. Is this your issue?

I haven't read your other posting, I'll find it!
Another technique to put it in gear, pull the clutch and rock the bike back and forth untill you feel the clutch break loose. Then drop it in gear and go.
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pdwestman , gomotor, yeah I have had a go at these without much luck. soon as I get a minute today will have a crack at the safety switches,
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-04-2018, 11:07 PM
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Pdwestman's and my comments above were for breading loose a cold sticking clutch when cold. Not related to safety switches.
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